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No name... Yet -Gaming PC (First Build)
by liljay14
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Ok guys, I've finally got some time to give a detailed description of my experience with this PC. I'll break it down part by part.

CPU: I can't say much about the CPU because I am no CPU expert, but I do know that it is top of the line for its price point and it is definitely performing that way!

CPU Cooler: Again, a top of the line air cooler that I haven't used yet to its full potential (I only have the turbo clock going ATM). I will definitely put this cooler into effect with a better overclock when required.

Motherboard: Great quality mobo with the right amount of features that I need. Very easy to build with and no wasted features with this board.

Memory: Got a great deal on these DIMMs as they were regular $64.99 (In Canada). They seem to be performing well and I have no complaints about them!

HDD: There are many debates about whether WD or Seagate makes better HDDs, but my caviar blue has been treating me well with pretty fast boot and load times for a hard drive. If I were to build this computer again, I would have opted for a caviar black instead of a blue for that extra performance.

Video Card: I consider this part to be the gem of the build. It tears up any game on max settings at 1080p and won't go beyond 70 degrees. the only concern I have with this video card is the idle temp of 35 degrees which scares me a bit. If someone in the comments could confirm this is normal that would be great!!

Case: The case is a good one for any kind of build whether it's a mATX build or an ATX build. The cable management holes are great and it is nice that they also preinstall the motherboard standoffs for you.

PSU: My least favourite part. I am a bit of an audiophile, and I feel that this PSU is pretty loud. Also it is non modular which is a pain to manage the cables as you can see at the bottom of the case. Looking back on it, I could have got a modular power supply of equal wattage or more for the same price, but I'll live it.

Optical Drive: Not much to say here except that this thing is loud as hell. Good thing I only had to use it to install the operating system!! =D

Cathodes: They are the cheapo ones from Logisys, but they do look pretty sweet!!

Overall this system took 3 and a half hours to build which I don't consider that bad for a first build and I had lots of fun doing it. Future upgrade will include an SSD for ultra fast boot and load times, and possibly another video card for crossfire.

Thanks for reading! hopefully you enjoy my build!

Part List
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate925MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP7928
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Black5Lion 2 points 20 months ago

OT: Lucky to have homework, not exams like me :/

But that's a nice build! :D +1

edman545 [10 Builds] 5 points 20 months ago

Homework should be illegal because it is interfering with more detailed build descriptions!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks :)

But I also have exams in about a month :D

DanniieBoiiy 1 point 20 months ago

SSD? Amazing build btw.

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

Couldn't fit it into the budget, but that would be an awesome addition

Djangosp2 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Easy addition in the future.

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago


bgleonarda [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

An SSD doesn't seem practical at this budget imo. I always shake my head at the people building gaming rigs that have a 7850 or 7770 with an expensive ssd...but that's me.

saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Personally, I think any PC ought to have an SSD. If you have one, you'll notice HUGE increases in any PC with just about any usage. Start-up and application loading times are insanely quick even if you're not using top-tier CPUs and GPUs.

Even your grandma would enjoy having an SSD. No lie, she told me.

Smily 4 points 20 months ago

But I use my PC for more things than starting up.

saw1833 [1 Build] 0 points 20 months ago

So do I. I can go from a cold start to having Outlook and Chrome open in under 30 seconds. Game load times are fast enough now I almost don't get to read most the load screens as well.

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saw1833 [1 Build] 0 points 20 months ago

I would hardly call them impractical. The biggest thing when using a 120GB SSD is the first 1/4 is being used for the OS, so it's a more noticeable hit. The other mistake many people make is allowing Windows to store the page-file on the SSD rather than another drive. And finally, most people overlook the fact that most applications by default will install to C:/ and most people have their SSD setup as C:/. I have a 256GB SSD, I have currently, about 15 games and lots of mods on a few such as Skyrim and Fallout. I also have nearly all of my programs that will load at startup (about 20ish) and a few others that I simply was unable to install on another drive. That said I still have 40GB of HDD space and the PC still starts up in about 15-20 seconds, considering my bios screen is nearly 5 seconds long.

The drive was $160, I feel that's a reasonable price and it's performed quite well.

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saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Using an SSD without knowing how is one thing. I'd never defrag an SSD myself. But when I originally put my build together, I went from my 1TB 7200RPM drive, to a SATA2 SSD, to my SATA3 SSD, and I know now that I'd never go back, not even to the SATA2 drive. I couldn't.

That said, Steam has the option when installing to install to another drive. I've used it and it works quite well. But if that's not your cup of tea, or you for some reason don't have the option, you can use mklink and redirect your games to another drive.

That's another space saving point, I've moved my entire User folder to my storage drive. Even my desktop is located on my storage drive. My SSD is literally application only. No personal data, other than that created by the programs.

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saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Really it's opinion based at the end of the day. SSDs aren't "gaming drives" per say. I put an ssd in my celeron-powered chromebook because i had a spare lying around and i was looking to put Chrubuntu on it. Greatly improved performance and made doing every-day tasks quicker. Fact of the matter is most Chromebooks come with an SSD.

Also, most Ultrabook devices come with an SSD or an SSD Hybrid drive, and very few of them are gaming oriented, or even "powerful". Most are designed to be fast, low-power devices.

And for the record, I have two 7850s. Hindsight were 20/20 I'd have bought a 7970 instead, but I get similar performance with occasional hiccups to a 7950. Also, I have a 3770k on the way, so by your standards, my build is "SSD-Worthy", I merely have some inefficiencies in my purchases since most of my original buys were hasty black-friday decisions.

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saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I don't see how an SSD is a quick-fix. It doesn't substitute computing performance. A strong processor or graphics card will not decrease disk access times.

Jumping to conclusions changes things too. Like I said, an 3770k is on the way, not in the build yet. That said, I purchased it through Retail edge brand new for a grand total of $92. A 3570k was not offered.

Also, I DO photoshop as a hobby, and I like to run a small server for friends among various games. The 16GB is put to good use. As are the SSDs and my internet connection.

The Crossfire 7850s was an oversight. I had purchased one, and later purchased a second instead of replacing it. Like I said, hindsight.

As for the Windows, I have a free NFR copy of Windows 7 and two free NFR copies of Windows 8 I received through my job and through Expert Zone. I've actually stopped running Win7 entirely at this point, but I haven't updated my build since then.

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saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I thought about using the old mobo cpu for a dedicated server. Big thing for me is I'm always dabbling into something new, so having the extra raw power handy might be useful at some point.

The 16GB in all honesty was really intended to be 32GB but I intended to add the extra 16 later, then RAM got pricey. Real intention was to RAMDisk a bit more. I do a bit as it is, but not as much as I'd like. But I do like to edit MASSIVE images from my DSLR.

It was an oversight, but as the same time, it wasn't. I didn't buy the 750w PSU intending to need all of it. I knew from experience doing car audio it was always best to play it safe and have a little more. I was also spending a LOT of time reading on different PSUs. I almost bought a 600w from Corsair but read that from a lot of people that it made an awful consistent buzzing noise. The one I bought I ended up getting for less than $100 i believe (after rebate). Long story, less long, I said "whatever" a couple months later and bought a second card.

I'd say we hijacked this build. Feel free to take a look at my saved parts list, where I have my 3770k build started. I've modified it a little bit to try and reflect actual prices but I'll have to look at my receipts and get exact numbers in there.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Wow, we almost have the same built, you have intel, I have amd :P You should do the 3d mark 11 benchmark too.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Nice built btw!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks. Ill have the 3D mark 11 benchmarks up by July as I will be studying for exams. Sorry.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Good luck in the exams then!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

:) thanks

Smily 1 point 20 months ago

One has AMD and one has Intel. Although they seem friendly now, one of them will mysteriously disappear from the site and never come back.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

What do you mean by that?

Smily 1 point 20 months ago

AMD and Intel fans don't get along. One of you will start an argument, and it will escalate... ah nvm.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I wanted intel though, but the 8350 had a 20$ off, so deal lol

Smily 1 point 20 months ago

8350 is really good.

Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Yep! I also though that a 3570k is too mainstream lol. Mine is at 4.3ghz

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago
Smily 1 point 20 months ago

AMD and Intel fans don't get along. One of you will start an argument, and it will escalate... ah nvm.

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago


TestBuilds 1 point 20 months ago

Very nice build. The right CPU, cooler, RAM, and the best high end graphics value to get!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you :D

EndeavorTrevor 1 point 20 months ago

Are you planning on doing Cross-Fire in the future

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago


fillapile 1 point 20 months ago

C70 <3 That case is cool!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I know, I love it!!

fillapile 1 point 20 months ago

even tho I think the 600T might be better, c70 seems to be good for e-atx boards, I still love the c70 but if I get the chance I might switch. I'm a freak when it comes to my computer's looks :D

FunnySideUp 1 point 20 months ago

Upvote for the C70!

liljay14 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago
Rowan_K 1 point 1 month ago

So, what province were your ordering from?
(please be B.C., please be B.C.)

Also, looks great! I'm going to use this list for my own future rig!